Fight Over Jurisdiction Revived In Case Of Facebook Post

Law360, San Diego (January 15, 2015, 3:44 PM EST) -- A California appeals court on Wednesday ruled that posting defamatory statements about a California resident on a Facebook Inc. account, even if the writer knows where his target lives, is not enough to subject the out-of-state writer to personal jurisdiction in California.

The decision stems from two scientists’ defamation suit against skin-care company Nerium International LLC and some of its executives, after they questioned the science behind the company’s products on their blog. Illinois resident Douglas Burdick, a consultant for Nerium, wrote on Facebook that one of the bloggers had a history of domestic violence and used multiple Social Security numbers,...

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